For 553 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Garvin's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Arrested Development: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Oprah's Big Give: Season 1
Score distribution:
553 tv reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Do No Harm isn't so bad. It isn't so good, either.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Superior Donuts is far from unwatchable. The snappy repartee between the crusty old white owner and his hustling young black employee may not quite draw the blood that the thematically similar "Chico and the Man" did, but it's not without its chuckles. And Fowler brings a madly exuberant charm to his role that marks him for future stardom.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Watching Better Off Ted is a bit like reading old Dilbert comic strips--amusing, but the punch lines seem awfully familiar.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    The reshot pilot episode that will be broadcast Tuesday is no longer irritating, but neither is it distinctive, just one more humdrum cop drama, notable only for wasting a high-powered cast that includes Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) and Aisha Hinds (True Blood).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    The problem, a large one, is that there are long dry stretches between the laughs. Too many of the punchlines land weakly or not at all. This may be the product of an abrupt and extensive makeover of the show at the last minute—Emily Locke was originally written as an insurance adjuster frustrated by the big payouts her company was making to innocent bystanders at superhero dust-ups. The vast horizon of insurance humor, alas, will remain unexplored.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Nobody is quite what they seem in this show, and watching the layers of deception and falsity peel away is its main attraction. Of course, at some point, there better turn out to be something underneath.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Equal parts sly and stupid, rousing and ridiculous.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    What would otherwise be a tedious collection of working-mom and lawyer-show clichés is saved by an excellent cast.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    It benefits from the sort of deadpan, off-the-wall humor that powered 30 Rock.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    The Principal's Office, a supposed documentary series from TruTV (the reality-show ghost of the cable channel once known as Court TV), is pure canine despite delivering neither the bark nor the bite you might expect from a show that follows high school principals dealing with disciplinary problems.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 45 Glenn Garvin
    There's no story or character development, just an endless chorus of set-up, punch line, repeat. And the punch lines aren't nearly cutting enough to carry all that indolently dead weight.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 45 Glenn Garvin
    Much of the time, the show plays as an As the World Turns remake in which the cast has been issued Spanish accents and AK-47s.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 45 Glenn Garvin
    Imagine Elon Musk, in a fit of boredom, buys the Chicago police department and you've got the idea of this odd little show.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    In other words, all the same stuff you've seen on every TV medical drama back to the days of Ben Casey and Dr. Kildare, from which Pure Genius is indistinguishable except for the color photography.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    LeBlanc is a talented comedian—his Episodes, which will wind up a five-season run on Showtime early next year, is the most scabrously funny Hollywood self-examination ever—but there's no way he could have saved this generic, mailed-in show, in which the tepidity of the jokes is exceeded only by the depth to which they're driven into the ground.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Worst Week certainly has some genuine laughs, but they run out well before the pratfalls and pee-pee jokes do.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    The CW, having exhausted every bit of its creative energy on The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, is now simply remaking Fox's old prime-time soap lineup one by one. And the garden apartment complex at No. 4616, though filled with a new collection of 20-something drama queens, is the same vortex of hyperkinetic hormones, ambition and criminality that it always was.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Warburton's expressionlessly ironic delivery turns repetitious; the situations unfunny and even creepy (do daughters really announce their alternative sexual proclivities by making out with a girlfriend in front of dad?) By the end of the second episode, you may even find yourself longing for a good Bill Cosby rape joke.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    "Bloated," "derivative," and "self-important" all seem fair, as does "scandalously overpriced." If producer-director Baz Luhrmann really, as has been reported, spent $120 million and 10 years to develop this thing, Netflix's accountants should be taken out and shot, and I don't mean with a camera.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Like its ancestor, the new Dallas is self-consciously a trashfest, an endless cycle of betrayals, confrontations, reconciliations and re-betrayals.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    What might have otherwise been a worthy effort seems pallid and wheezing compared to the acid-etched Nurse Jackie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    It's a drab third-generation clone (a spinoff of the original NCIS, which in turn was a spinoff of JAG) of a show from the shallow end of the TV gene pool.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    The smirky cynicism, savage mockery of New Age verities and prickly atheism of its lead character could have made The Mentalist fascinating (if not altogether pleasant) viewing. Instead, it turns down the same formulaic path as CBS' other police procedurals, a sort of CSI-with-a-fake-crystal-ball.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    You can pretty much watch this show any night of the week under its other titles, CSI and Law & Order.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    If you were reduced to hysterical laughter by the concept of herbal breast-enlargement cream in the film, you will likely be so again by the superpower-conveying acne medicine in the TV show. If not, well, welcome to Normal Town.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Truth Be Told is more of a "look at me, I'm not PC!" shout of self-regard.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    More often, though, the laughs range from tepid to nonexistent.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Drugs. Pratfalls. Bodily excretions. Sexual crudity. Shock-jock ethnic humor. Four-letter words flying like lead in a matineee Western. Character development and story? Not so much.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    It's an interesting approach, but despite well-drawn characters and the strong cast, there's a sense that the show is trapped in amber, a perfectly preserved relic from another age.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    It does have a lot of characters and a hopelessly confusing plot.... But the show is not without its strengths, particularly the scenes in which the magazine editor (Anthony Edwards, ER) argues with young staffers disappointed by his refusal to run a story about werewolves running amok in Romania.

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